Reach for the stars with the McNair Scholars Program. No matter what your dreams are, we can help you achieve them.

The McNair Scholars Program encourages low-income, first-generation college students as well as students from racial/ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education to pursue a Ph.D. The program is fully funded by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education (Grant #217A120099). Indiana University contributes cost share funds over the same five-year period.

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About Ronald McNair

Ronald McNair in his NASA uniform

Ronald E. McNair was born October 21, 1950, in Lake City, South Carolina. He received his B.S. in physics from North Carolina A&T State University in 1971 and his Ph.D. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1976. In 1978, he was chosen by NASA as an astronaut candidate, and he flew his first mission on February 3, 1984. McNair, along with his six crewmates, died in the Space Shuttle Challenger accident on January 28, 1986. In 2004, he was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit interested in preserving life stories, worked with McNair’s brother Carl to tell a story about McNair’s childhood through “Eyes on the Stars.” This story sheds light on McNair’s perseverance and determination.

Eyes on the Stars

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